Co-Founder, Executive Director
Ingrid McIntyre is the Executive Director and co-founder of Open Table Nashville. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. in 2008 with a Masters of Theological Studies. Her journey thus far has been shaped by her work with Habitat for Humanity, as a Youth Minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN, and as the Director of Connectional Relations at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the United Methodist Church. She currently serves on the Board of the Nashville Coalition for Homelessness, Nashville Transit Now and the Board of JustPeace: Center for Mediation and Conﬂict Transformation in Washington, D.C. Ingrid is inspired by heroes like Desmond Tutu, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dorothy Day and strives to imitate their dedication to justice for the marginalized and love for all. If not painting, gardening, or militantly composting, she’s probably traveling, reading, working crossword puzzles, or kayaking at her parent’s farm.
Co-Founder, Education & Street Chaplaincy Coordinator
Lindsey Krinks is the Education and Street Chaplaincy Coordinator and co-founder of Open Table Nashville. Lindsey has been working in the fields of homeless outreach and community organizing for over a decade and is dedicated to journeying with those who are marginalized, both on and off the streets. She graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School (VDS) with a Master of Theological Studies degree in May 2013. While at VDS, she was a Cal Turner Fellow, a Community Engagement Fellow, and a Brandon Scholar. She is on the Alumni Council of VDS. She is currently a New Leaders Council Fellow, was a former Beatitudes Society Fellow, and completed a year-long street chaplaincy residence through Nashville’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Partnership. Lindsey is also active in issues of economic and racial justice. She was ordained in 2013 and can be found in tent cities, washing feet on the streets, leading groups around downtown, and foraging for native herbs and plants. To learn more about Lindsey’s work, visit her blog.
Lisa Avrit started volunteering with Open Table Nashville in 2015, served on the board, and when the opportunity arose to join the staff full-time as the Operations Coordinator, jumped at the chance. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, hiking and playing outdoors.
Linda Bailey is the Communications Coordinator at Open Table Nashville. Linda moved to Nashville on a whim seven years ago after studying journalism at Abilene Christian University in Texas, where she’s from. She’s worked with people experiencing homelessness in multiple capacities since arriving in the city and uses her journalism background and passion for social justice to write stories, design infographics, and empower other storytellers. Linda has also managed the Where to Turn in Nashville resource guide since it’s first printing in 2013, and is continuing that work for Open Table Nashville. When she’s not working, Linda is most likely drinking coffee, listening to true crime podcasts, or rearranging her home to accommodate something odd she found at a flea market.
Street Outreach & Resource Navigator
Susan graduated from the University of Cincinnati and worked in the field of mental health for the first ten years of her career. Eventually she realized she couldn’t stay indoors eight hours a day and moved on to photojournalism and outreach, where she learned to work with a long stream culturally diverse individuals and groups. She joined Open Table in early 2018 as a street outreach and resource navigator and can typically be found on the streets of Nashville with a camera and a rather large, lovable dog.
Street Outreach & Resource Navigator
Andre Chunaco hails to us from Asia, where he was born and raised, and comes from a multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-national, multi-many-things background. Andre works to share his experiences and leverage all he identifies with to connect with others. He desires to become a bridge for folks who seek to cross, break, or blur barriers and illusory lines, and to bring external mobilization to where folks have the right to be and inner belonging in exactly who folks are to his neighbors. Having lived in south Nashville since 2008, Andre feels like pretty much everything he’s done has lead to his becoming our good neighbor and Southside Outreach Worker. Find him camping out, nerding out, or at home in his free time — but also don’t.
Volunteer Development Coordinator
Having spent the last four and a half years engaging with those experiencing homelessness in Nashville, Jenna is passionate about advocating for folks who have fallen victim to systems of poverty and oppression and journeying with them through the most difficult parts of life (and celebrating with them in the best parts, too). Her greatest desire is to love people in a way that recognizes their inherent value and worth and to inspire others to do the same. Jenna hopes to continue to use the privilege that she has been given and the knowledge that she has gained to advocate on behalf of the needs of some of our city’s most vulnerable (yet unbelievably strong) citizens. When she’s not working, you can usually find Jenna creating something magical in the kitchen, or you won’t find her at all… because she’s in some remote, mountainous place with no cell service or GPS.
Kira is a Nashville native and has lived here most of her life. She graduated from Belmont University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and recently received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Tennessee Knoxville. Kira has previously worked with Samaritan Recovery Community, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, and the Sexual Assault Center and is excited to join the OTN team. In her spare time, Kira enjoys playing with her dog, spending time with her friends and family, and relaxing on her front porch.
Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt
Board of Directors
Justin Pitt, Chair
Caleigh Keadle, Secretary
Matt Todd, Treasurer